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Psychology of victims – KZ syndrome in the second generation

The trauma associated with the imprisonment in a German concentration camp did not end for a prisoner together with World War Two. Former prisoners left the wires of the camp physically and mentally exhausted. As a result of severe stress and trauma, they suffered from the so-called KZ-syndrome, or post-traumatic stress disorder. It sometimes disclosed right after leaving the camp, in othecases it would last few years, before the symptoms occured

KZ-syndrome has left its mark not only on lives of the former prisoners, but also on their families. What is it exactly? Does it affect the development of the personalities of the second generation, so the children, who have not experienced the camp reality? Is it possible to inherit it? Answers to these questions will be found with the help of dr. Krzysztof Ciepliński – psychologist, psychotherapist, trainer, lecturer at the Department of Psychotherapy and Health Psychology of the Catholic University in Lublin, whose lecture will be an introduction to the meeting. The second guest will be Marek Górski – a son of the former prisoner of Majdanek Adolf Górski, who will tell about his father, his wartime experiences and family relations. The conversation will be led by Agnieszka Kowalczyk-Nowak – spokesperson for the State Museum at Majdanek.

Time and venue:

May 24, 2018 at 5 p.m.

Lecture hall in the Visitor Service Centre of the State Museum at Majdanek